|Maryam, 11x9", oil on linen|
I started by painting a quick portrait of the model in about 40 minutes. I got the big shapes down and used plenty of paint. I added the lips and large eye shapes, but not too much detail.
Next, I scraped down the image. The video shows how.
Then I softened all the edges with my fingers. This produced a gauzy, and surprisingly accurate, portrait. My mind's eye filled in the blanks.
I spent the rest of the session adding back a few hard edges, adjusting shapes and values and painting in the details.
It actually sped up the process and allowed me to get more done during the session. And I like the results it produced. I could have worked the edges better, but I was starting to get bored...needed to move on.